Fireworks, games, live entertainment and more await you at Wake Forest’s 2018 Independence Day Celebration. Presented by Power Secure, this community extravaganza is Wake Forest’s most eagerly anticipated summertime event serving up two days’ worth of fun and excitement for the entire family – and this year it’s all free!
The festivities get underway with the Fireworks Spectacular on Tuesday, July 3, inside Husky Stadium on the campus of Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.
Crush, one of our area’s most popular party bands, will headline this year’s celebration, followed by an unforgettable 20-minute fireworks display. The fireworks show typically begins at dusk, but there is no official start time.
Concessions, including hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones will be available for purchase at the Fireworks Spectacular. A variety of food and dessert trucks will also be on site, including Lumpy’s, Kona Ice, Sunshine Girls Lemonade, Jays Italian Ice, Morfa Empenadas, Havana Dave’s, Big C Waffles, and Mr. Mongolian.
Picnic baskets and/or coolers will be allowed, but alcoholic beverages, smoking, glass and pets are strictly prohibited on the Heritage High School campus. In addition, no bicycles are allowed inside the stadium and no chairs or blankets will be permitted on the stadium track.
Handicap parking (by identification only) and regular parking are available on the school campus.
A new option this year will be a free shuttle service, compliments of the Kerr Family YMCA. The free shuttle will pick up visitors at a yet-to-be-determined location, then drop them off on the Heritage High School campus. The shuttle is tentatively scheduled to run continuously beginning at 5 p.m. The final shuttle will depart from Heritage High School at approximately 11 p.m. Additional details, including pick-up locations, will be announced in the coming days.
The Independence Day revelry continues on Wednesday, July 4, with the Children’s Parade along North Main Street. Area youngsters are invited to hop on their bicycles and be a part of their very own “walking parade.” The lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the intersection of North Main Street and West Juniper Avenue, near the Wake Forest College Birthplace. The procession will get underway at 10:30 a.m. Participation in the Children’s Parade is free, but bicyclists are encouraged to wear their helmets.
The Independence Day festivities conclude at 11 a.m. with Arts & Games in the Park. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to create a variety of interesting arts and crafts projects, join in a slew of games and activities, and enjoy giant inflatables. All of these festivities will take place at Holding Park, 133 W. Owen Ave. and R.H. Forrest Field, 123 W. Owen Ave.
Game activities will take place at Holding Park and include sack races, a watermelon seed-spitting contest and a pie-eating contest.
Sponsored by the Wake Forest Woman’s Club, arts and crafts activities will take place inside the Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave., and will include making various patriotic-themed crafts for all ages, cupcake decorating, tattoos, stickers and a photo booth complete with costumes.
The Children’s Parade and Art & Games in the Park are free and open to the public.
In case of inclement weather, updated event information will be posted on the Town of Wake Forest website and the Town’s Facebook page. In addition, smartphone users who have downloaded the Town of Wake Forest app will receive a push notification message informing them of any schedule changes.
The following sponsors have generously contributed to the 2018 Independence Day Celebration: PowerSecure, Gladwell Orthodontics, Capital PowerSports, Mitchell Heating & Cooling, Crossroads Ford of Wake Forest, Champion Windows, The College at Southeastern, McPherson Family Eye Care, Kerr Family YMCA, Passanante’s Home Food Services, LeafFilter North of North Carolina, British Swim School, Vision Martial Arts, Birkner Insurance, Rainbow Child Care Center, Heritage Eye Care, Candlewood Suites, Opendoor, the Wake Forest Woman’s Club and Hope Lutheran Church.
Android and iPhone users can have a handy pocket guide to this year’s two-day Independence Day Celebration in the palm of their hands by downloading the Town of Wake Forest app and using the app’s “July 4” function. Designed to provide smart phone users with useful information about all of this year’s Fourth of July festivities, the function offers instant access to the Fireworks Spectacular, the Children’s Parade, Art & Games in the Park and more.
IPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users can download the town’s free app by searching for “Town of Wake Forest” on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play or by scanning the appropriate QR code provided at www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx.
For more information about Wake Forest’s 2018 Independence Day Celebration, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/independence-day-celebration.aspx.